Joe Manganiello Confirmed to Play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s BATMAN Movie

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We previously heard a rumor that True Blood actor Joe Manganiello was in negotiations to play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's solo Batman film. Today the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Manganiello will indeed play the classic villain!

That test footage of Deathstroke that Affleck recently shared featured Manganiello in costume. He just kept that information from us. According to the WSJ:

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in his first interview discussing his new role overseeing Warner Bros.’ movies based on DC Comics characters.

Johns is currently co-writing the script of the film with Affleck. He didn't say if Deathstroke will appear in Justice League, and he didn't reveal when exactly the new solo Batman film will be released, but it's expected to hit sometime in 2018.

Now that the actor for Deathstroke has been confirmed, what do you think? Is Manganiello a solid choice? 

Awesome Collection of STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Promo Art Features New Look at Characters and More

A cool collection of promo art has surfaced for Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The images you see here were included the latest Pyramid International catalog, which has a ton of Star Wars merchandise you can buy. I haven't seen any of these promotional images before, and they give us new looks at several of the characters, like Jyn Erso, K-2SO, Bastian, Pac, Director Krennic, Death Troopers, Darth Vader, and more. There are also some new images of the ships and planets that will be featured in the film.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th, 2016.

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Vin Diesel Is Developing a Procedural Drama for NBC Called FIRST RESPONDERS

NBC has picked up a TV series project from Executive Producer Vin Diesel. It's a procedural drama called First Responders. The series is currently being written and developed by gaming industry vet Jesse Stern, who was a writer on the Call of Duty and Titanfall video game franchises. He has also worked on the TV series NCISVariety offers the following story description of the new series:

First Responders is described as a dynamic, high-action procedural about young veterans struggling to reintegrate into society, while heroically saving civilian lives along the way. The elite team is the best Search and Rescue operation in the country, and is run by husband-and-wife duo, Doc and Lil Pierce, whose Southern California coastal base provides a sense of community and surrogate family for their ex-military staff. While Doc and Lil can save anyone else’s life in the darkest times, they have been unable to find their own son and will stop at nothing to solve the mystery of his disappearance and bring him back home.

This sounds like it could be a cool series. I've known a couple people who have been involved with search and rescue teams, and I've heard some incredible and harrowing stories. I know there are a ton of other stories out there that would make for great stories for a TV series like this. The series has potential, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Diesel isn't expected to appear in the series, he will just act as the Executive Producer. 

New DOCTOR STRANGE Image of the Sorcerer Supreme in His Sanctum Sanctorum

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This is a great new image from Marvel's Doctor Strange featuring the Sorcerer Supreme standing in front of the Window of the Worlds in his Sanctum Santorum. The awesome design of the window serves as the Seal of the Vishanti, which protects his home from the evils of the supernatural realms. 

Doctor Strange is being directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, and Mads Mikklesen as the villain Kaecilius.

The film opens in theater on November 4th, 2016. It was also recently revealed that the UK will get to see the film ten days earlier! It will be released there on October 25th and in Russia on October 28th. 

BLADE RUNNER 2 Director Says “It’s Not Possible to Live Up to The Original”

Well, it seems like the director of Blade Runner 2, Denis Villeneuve, is making sure we don't set our expectations too high for the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott's classic film. I've actually been pretty excited about seeing how this Blade Runner sequel will turn out, especially with the cast that includes the return of Harrison Ford.

During an interview with THR, the director talked a little bit about the film he is making and says it won't live up to the original:

"First of all, it’s not possible to live up to the original. It’s Ridley Scott. It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of the best sci-fi films, one of the best films in the past 50 years. For me, what terrorises me right now is what I’m doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific." 

Blade Runner is a masterpiece but I think it is possible to live up to the original. I think a sequel has the potential to be just as good. Why wouldn't it? Why would a person even attempt to make a sequel if they didn't think they could live up to the original? 

Villeneuve is a talented director that has worked on films such as Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, and his most recent film Arrival. When he was first hired to direct this film, I was disappointed that Scott wasn't doing it, but it seemed like he had the level of talent to give us a great sequel under the guidance of Scott. I hope his level of confidence in the project goes up! He definitely has confidence in his cast. When talking about Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, he says:

"I must say, the thing I can say is that Ryan Gosling is insanely good. I knew he was a great actor, I didn't know how brilliant - he's really an intelligent person, very clever, very provocative mind, he's bringing a lot to the project right now, a lot, in a positive way." 
"Harrison Ford, he was one of my biggest heroes. I grew up with him, so to meet a man like that who is kind of a legend in your heart, that has that kind of humility, generosity, open-mindedness and simplicity, one of the nicest human beings I've met. I'm really looking forward to start working with him."

He goes on to talk about what it's been like for him working on the sequel, saying:

"To realise that when I look at the dailies, it’s not Ridley Scott, it’s me, and that it’s different. It’s still the same universe, we are still in the same dream, but it’s mine, so it’s like I have no idea how you people will react, I don’t know. It has its own life."

It's definitely quite an undertaking to take on the challenge of directing the sequel to Blade Runner. There's no doubt he's feeling the pressure, but I hope he does give us a film that lives up to the original. That's what the fans want to see! It's not like we want a mediocre sequel. I believe that Villeneuve can pull it off. What do you think?

Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez Hunt For GOLD in First Trailer

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We have the first trailer for the new Matthew McConaughey film Gold in which he and Edgar Ramirez team up and go on an adventure to hunt for gold in the Indonesian jungle. Of course, the adventure continues after they find it. The film was written and directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and it looks like a great film that tells an intriguing story! Here's the synopsis:

GOLD is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, he teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story.

The movie also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbel, Macon Blair, Corey Stoll, Bill Camp, Bruce Greenwood, Rachael Taylor, and Michael Landes. Gold is scheduled to open in theaters on December 25th.

James Cameron Says That AVATAR Sequels Will Focus on Jake and His Family

Director James Cameron is currently in the process of developing four Avatar sequels. There hasn't been much information on the story these sequels will tell, but in a recent interview with Variety, Cameron reveals that the sequels will be a family saga. He says:

“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”

I think most of us assumed that Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) would marry Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and that Jake would become the new chief of the tribe. There was also no doubt that they would clash with the humans. As you know, the Star Wars saga centers on the Skywalker family, and it looks like the Sully family is going to be the Skywalker family of the Avatar films. 

Avatar 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters in Christmas 2018, but Cameron says there's a possibility that release date could change... again. He says:

“We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfill on that promise.”

As of right now, the other three films are set for 2020, 2022, and 2023. Cameron obviously isn't rushing things, he's been developing these sequels slowly and steadily for years. There's no doubt that Cameron wants to give us the best films possible, and I hope he ends up giving us something incredible, something that we've never seen before. I can't wait to see what he's cooking up!

Greg Nicotero Seemingly Revealed a Big WALKING DEAD Season 7 Spoiler

Ever since season six of The Walking Dead ended, fans have been wondering who exactly Negan killed. While we wait to find out who died when season seven premieres in October, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero may have let a big spoiler detail slip. 

During an interview with EW, Nicotero talked about the decision to not make the big death reveal at the end of season six. In it, he says something interesting:

"I would say our fans are passionate, and for me personally, yeah, I was a little surprised that some of our viewers were angered by that. Because other shows that I watch and I enjoy have done similar things. They have ended with cliffhangers, or Did this person die or that person die? Or, What happened here? Or leading up to something. So yeah, I’m really proud of the episode, and I really loved it, and I was a little surprised that people had that reaction to it.
"But I’d say in retrospect, I don’t think we would have changed anything. I would have still supported doing it the way that we did it, because of the fact that the story doesn’t end there. If we would have shown the deaths, then they wouldn’t have felt our characters in season seven the way they need to. And the thing that I think a lot of people will get out of it is how that moment changes the entire makeup of our universe within a split second. And it’s that moment that launches our entire season seven into that direction."

I don't know if you caught the surprising reveal or not, but here it is:

"If we would have shown the deaths, then they wouldn't have felt our characters in season seven the way they need to."

Yes, he said deaths... plural. That sounds like there's more than one person that will die in this final scene. I just assumed that there would only be one person meeting their demise. We can only guess at this point who these characters could be. I assume that after Negan beats someone down with Lucille, one or more other character will be pissed off and attack, at which point Negan and his goons will mow them down and kill them.

It looks like season seven will start off more depressing than I thought.  

Luke Cage Kicks Ass in New Clip From Marvel’s New Series – “You Want Some?”

The reviews of Marvel's Luke Cage have started to roll in and a lot of people are saying it's the best thing Marvel has done for TV so far. There's a lot of high praise for the series so it looks like we're in for something special. Today, Netflix released a new clip from the series called "You Want Some," and it features Mike Colter as Luke Cage kicking some major ass! It's a great action-packed scene that's totally worth watching! 

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Luke Cage punches its way onto Netflix later this month on September 30th, and I can't wait!